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Cat urine cleaning is a task that befalls every cat owner at some point. Most cats are pretty good about using their litter trays, but sometimes when a cat is unwell, or feeling upset they can have their little accidents.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

It's not the soaking up the pool of urine that's the problem, use enough paper towels or absorbent cloth and it soaks up easy enough. It is best to get to it before the cat pee soaks in though!

The tricky part of cat urine cleaning is the stains and the dreadful lingering odor.

Most household cleaning products will not do a very good job of cleaning up cat urine, preventing stains and neutralizing the smell. The problem with these cleaners is that they are ammonia based.

As you may know, when a cat urinates in a spot, even accidentally, she is likely to use that spot again. Leave any hint of your cat's urine smell and she'll think it is okay for a repeat performance. What does ammonia smell like? Yes, it smells very much like pee. Use an ammonia cleaner and again, your cat will think that spot must be the place for her toilet. Cleaning products that are scented are not much use, they may cover up the smell for you, but they won't for your cat.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

There are many cat urine cleaning products available which are enzyme based. These specialized cleaners are more costly than ordinary cleaners of course, but they stand a far greater chance of getting the result that you want. These enzyme cleaners do not mask the urine odor they neutralize it. How well they work depends on the surface your cat peed on, how deep the urine has soaked in and how well you use the cleaner.

When cleaning your cat's little accident from a carpet remember it does not take long at all for the urine to soak through. If it has then you will also need to clean the under padding and possibly the floor beneath. If it is a fitted carpet that may mean pulling it up. However, there is a very good cat urine cleaning product that comes with an injector so you can tackle the underside without having to roll up your carpeting. As with all the urine cleaners, it may take more than one application.

If your wood floor is well sealed then cleaning up your cat's urine should not be too difficult, but you still need to use an enzyme product to do it properly. If there are cracks in your wood floor your cat's pee is sure to seep through them, so you have to get the cleaner down there too.

Cat's do not just have accident's on the floor, oh no. They will urinate on your upholstered furniture, your bed, your clothing, just about anywhere. Unfortunately, sometimes you just can't eliminate that awful whiff, and all you can do is dispose of the soiled item. But, tackling the job the with the right cleaner, in the right way, often means that you can save whatever it is your cat decided to bless.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
Updated: February 24, 2017 — 5:50 pm

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